Monday, December 28, 2015
ORNL in the News

ORNL achieves plutonium milestone

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced Tuesday it had achieved production of 50 grams of plutonium-238. That's roughly the mass of a golf ball, but it's considered a milestone in re-establishing a U.S. stockpile of Pu-238 for use as a power source on deep-space missions...12/23

Neutron beam study promises better solid-state Li-ion batteries

(Smart 2.0) A study conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has shown results that could boost the performance of solid-state electrolytes and lead to a safer, even more efficient battery...12/23

World record achieved in pore-scale flow simulations

(PhysOrg) ...In order to further demonstrate the capabilities of the current computing resources, the team executed benchmark simulations on the Titan supercomputer using a combined MPI/CUDA version of the simulator...12/23

Science and Technology

How the Internet of Things Got Hacked

(Wired) There was once a time when people distinguished between cyberspace, the digital world of computers and hackers, and the flesh-and-blood reality known as meatspace...12/28

Tree Counter Is Astonished By How Many Trees There Are

(NPR) How many trees are there in the world? Some scientists are working on a new estimate...12/26

Energy and Science Policy

Senate Confirms Head Officials for Research at Departments of Energy and Defense

(AIP) The Senate confirmed Cherry Murray as Director of the Department of Energy Office of Science and Stephen Welby as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering...12/22

DOE

Fed audit raises concerns about Y-12’s lithium mission

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A new federal audit underscores concerns raised earlier this year about lithium production at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant and concludes future work refurbishing weapons could be affected if Y-12 doesn't take steps to bolster the lithium work...12/28

2015 Was a Big Year for Secretary Moniz

(Energy.gov) By any measure, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz had a busy year. From becoming a meme and a knight, to playing a key role in two historic, science-based international policy agreements, everyone's favorite Energy Secretary never slowed down...12/23

Local and State

UT Named Best College Values for 2016 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

(Tennessee Today) UT has been named to the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of Top 100 Best College Values for 2016. UT is ranked seventy-first on the list of public colleges and universities, which was released this week...12/18

Unlike its neighbors, Tennessee won't challenge EPA carbon limits

(Times Free Press) Across the Republican-controlled South, state attorneys general are suing the Obama administration to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from imposing carbon limits on coal-fired power plants designed to help limit global warming. But not in Tennessee...12/23